Meet the Farmers

Here in Kansas, you probably don’t have to shake your family tree too hard before a farmer falls out. Today’s farmers mesh traditional values with college degrees and high-tech tools. Meet the soccer moms and mini-van-driving dads of 21st century Kansas ag, and find out what “locally grown” really means, from the people who know best. Get the scoop on why they farm, why they farm the way they do, and why they’re so proud of it!

  • How Feeding Pigs Is Helping This Kansas Farm

    After graduating from Kansas State University, Caitlyn Horton moved home to help on her family’s farm north of Kendall, in southwest Kansas . The farm includes 5,000 acres of corn, wheat and sorghum, along with cattle and pigs. Caitlyn started Horton Show Pigs as a branch of the operation...

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    These Kansas Cattle Ranchers May Surprise You

    Did you know 91 percent of ranches are family owned? Kansas alone is home to more than 27,000 cattle farmers and ranchers. While we’d like you to meet allof them, let’s start with three families who are making Kansas proud with their ranch operations. 

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  • Take a (Virtual) Tour of Kansas Farms

    Last month, the Kansas Soybean Commission and Kansas Farm Bureau hosted the fifth Farm Food Tour across Kansas. The Farm Food Tour opens the doors to Kansas agriculture and creates meaningful conversations about food and the people who grow it. 

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    Jacob and the Giant Pumpkin

    If there’s one thing that conjures up the feeling of fall, it’s a pumpkin (PSL, anyone?). But Jacob Marintzer, a giant-pumpkin grower in Westmoreland, thinks about pumpkins year-round. “I can tell you just about anything about a pumpkin plant,” Jacob said.

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    Why the Roushes Raise Heritage Hogs

    In the middle of the country (seriously, smack dab in the middle, at the geographic center of the contiguous United States), you’ll find a young couple full of energy and passion raising Berkshire hogs. Who is the couple? Emily and Kaden Roush of Lebanon.

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    Why Do Kids Show Farm Animals at the Fair?

    Remember learning how to ride a bike or drive a car? At the beginning I was nervous and had little confidence in my abilities. At times I even wondered if it was a good idea! With practice and help from others, I eventually got a good handle on things. Now I’m a pro at riding a bike (with...

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    Meet Jill Casten

    What does Jill Casten of Casten Farms, LLC wish people knew about farming? “There’s an actual farmer behind it,” she says. This sounds obvious, but Jill says people don’t always have a face to put with farming. She wishes more people could have a one-on-one connection with farmers.

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    A Typical Day on the Farm

    Ask any farmer or rancher what a typical day is like and you’ll probably get a good laugh as your answer. “There is absolutely no typical day,” says Nicole Small of 2S Land and Cattle in Neodesha.

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    Meet the Heinigers

    Sit down for a chat with Kendall and Austin Heiniger, and you’ll likely be struck by their upbeat and playful, yet earnest vibe. It’s clear they care deeply for one another, and for farming. But it wasn’t always that way. In the early years of their relationship, farming wasn’t in the...

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    Meet the Baldwins

    Don’t believe the stereotype of farmers sporting dusty overalls and sucking on straw. Kim Baldwin of Baldwin Farms says, sure, her husband Adam comes home dusty and dirty some days. “But he’s not only working the ground with his brawn,” she explains. “He’s using his brain. Farmers are...

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